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    First Batch of Newly Recruited Jaffna Soldiers Pass Out

    September 22, 2014

    Five hundred recruits from Jaffna who recently joined the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Forces (SLAVF) passed out in a smart parade after three month training on September 20th Sri Lanka Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (SLEME) grounds, Kankesanthurai (KKS).

    After being recruited, four hundred males and one hundred females were given basic military training and vocational education on various trades such as carpentry, masonry, electric welding, motor mechanism, farming, beauty culture etc. Training commenced on June 19th 2014 at KKS. After their passing out, they will be attached to 7th  Corps and different service units located at KKS, and to Thalsevana Holiday Resort.


    Deputy Chief of Staff Sri Lanka Army Major General EMM Ambanpola took the salute as Chief Guest of the parade.


    Young men and women in the North, for some time, were deprived of the opportunity to join the military service due to influence of a few extremist elements. Tamil servicemen in the forces had to leave either service or the country or both due to threat of such elements. However, after ushering of peace, government opened the avenues for Northern youths to military service.


    Accordingly, on instructions of Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Rathnayake, young girls and boys were recruited from the North to the Army. Under the same recruitment programme, 100 females and 400 males were recruited from Jaffna with guidance of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera as the first batch. Recruit Dubakaran D. of Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps, Recruit Thanish T. of Sri Lanka Engineers, Recruit Rakipan K. of Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Recruit Jeevrani A. of Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps received awards from the Chief Guest for best overall performance during the course.


    Prior to the passing out parade, Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera handed over a parchment of appreciation with best wishes of His Excellency the President to the parents of newly passed out recruits in gratitude of their decision to send sons and daughters to the Sri Lanka Army.


    A mini search light tattoo performed by the Army troops from various regiments and a karate show presented by newly recruited girls which followed the passing out parade thrilled the audience that comprised clergy of different religious denominations, Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera, Government Agent Jaffna Mr. S Arumainayagam, Commander Northern Naval Area Rear Admiral Sarath Dissanayake parents and next of kins of passing out soldiers, representatives from government and private sector institutes, senior Jaffna citizens and senior officers of Army, Navy and Air force and a crowd of Jaffna citizens.(KH)

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